Gyu-Kaku - Honolulu, HI | Kapiolani

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$30 and under
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Japanese

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Gyu-Kaku Japanese BBQ on Kapiolani is the ideal spot for an amazing experience! A 10-minute drive from Waikiki and the next block of Ala Moana Shopping Center, Gyu-Kaku is all about fun and food.

Traditionally called Yakiniku, this Japanese barbecue spot is known for their delicious, fresh (never frozen), high-quality meats!

Enjoy an ice cold beer as you grill your own meat. Happy Hours offer the best deals on food and drinks, so be sure to wind down and get the night started right with us.
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OT
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

First time for myself, husband & sister-in-law. I personally enjoyed it so much. Food & service was awesome. Can't wait to do it again.

BK
Hawaii
9 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cullen was an awesome server! Thank you!

CK
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on January 13, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Menu had changed a little so we tried something new and were very pleased

OT
Hawaii
5 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Service was quick. Quality of the food was quite good. The selection of drinks completed the meal. We had a very nice family dinner where everyone could find something on the menu that they liked.

o
Hawaii
9 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall3food4service4ambience3

good food but very loud place. glad we could make a reservation for a group

KP
Las Vegas
5 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience3

While our table server was great (actually he saved the experience from being a one-star), the host and other servers left a lot to be desired. The seat where my son was sitting was dirty and he was so crammed that he couldn’t put his feet down. They didn’t offer to clean the seat (my husband ended up doing it) and gave us the “we’re expecting a full house” line when we asked about splitting our party into two tables. Of course, the table right behind us stayed empty for our entire meal so they could have accommodated us. When my husband went to the front to talk to the hostess, she passed by several times without even acknowledging him. Saving grace was the food was good, our waiter was super helpful and they called us a cab for our party of 7. So thanks for that.

l
Hawaii
12 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Friendly service, big menus, lots to choose from. Very reasonable prices

CG
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and atmosphere. The bar areas with Andy Kimura is the best.

J
Hawaii
77 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a fun place to discover new dishes, cuts of meats and drinks. Great service. Lots of cook your own foods and already prepared plates, too. Free validated parking in their building.

AO
Hawaii
25 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience3

We always love coming to this location. We've had our server on several occasions and he's always great!

OT
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on December 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We did the all you can eat deal and we ordered lots of food. All was very tasty and good.

R
Hawaii
3 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Beef tongue our favorite, excellent service! All Staff are excellent! Thank you

JW
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall3food4service4ambience2

Food very good. Would definitely go again as long as there are no more than 4 people to a booth. Fun way to dine. Appreciated the recommendation by waiter to order 4 portions (2 sets) plus any ala carte add-ons for the 6 of us. I would never go if more than 4 people are squeezed into a booth. We fit into the booth, but the table didn't fit all of the food so had to scramble to combine plates/cook to make space, and with only one grill, it's hard for six people to reach into the grill, so those in the middle are so busy, it's tough to eat/relax. One grill for six also makes it tough to cook fast enough to feed six people quickly enough. Standard included dessert of s'mores is fun but most opted out/would have been nice if there were other options/or none were offered.

h
Hawaii
3 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience2

The food and service was very good. It was our first time there. I’m assuming it’s an elderly restaurant because cleanliness / maintenance has not been a priority . The tables & menus have a scummy or oily touch to it. I’m assuming because of all the oil from cooking your own meal everyday . The bathroom & hallway to this area needs attention. The base boards are black. I think a little Clorox will wipe that out.
If you can eat through all that ..... the food & service is very good. The Restaurant Week offer & Happy Hour is worth its price .

a
Hawaii
4 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience3

Although the parking was ample, I found the restaurant to be very dimly lit. While dining, I noticed a big black moth flying around and a male server was able to catch it and dispose of it. Another male server ran away from the moth. At another table near where I was sitting, a termite was flying around the light above that table. The food portions were a little less than I had expected although it was Happy Hour. I liked the Pina Colada and my dining partner commented that her Margarita did not taste right. The server offered to replace it but my dining partner declined the offer. The 2nd Margarita was okay.

NN
Hawaii
13 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful experience all around. Great service, value and food.

OT
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was great for a later lunch! The waitress Tiana was great, and food came quick! Definitely recommend going there.

RY
Hawaii
4 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Had to wait a little for table, but we were about 20 minutes early for our reservation. The waitress took great care of us. Food was awesome as usual.

J
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was really good. Got all our food really fast and our waiter was super friendly. Love coming here.

JO
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and great fun! Strongly recommended!

m
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Took my mom there for her birthday. The waitstaff were very attentive to our needs and the food and was very delicious. We decided to make it our spot every time we go to Oahu.

MS
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Nami was a great server and attentive to our table despite a busy evening. Food was good.

F
Hawaii
4 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Second time there. The staff was very accommodating and the service was excellent

D
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoyed the food, service, and ambience! Will be back!

OT
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome food as always! The atmosphere is always fun as well

OT
Hawaii
3 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

6 of us had the all you can eat lunch. The booth was a bit small for our party, but it worked. There was a good selection and we all went home stuffed for a good price!

G
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good service. Food was yummy. Atmosphere great. Definitely a good place to eat!

OT
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Good food and service.
Not the cleanest spotless dining experience, but not horrible.

KB
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such a fabulous restaurant & dining experience! Everyone was so friendly, helpful & attentive. The food was incredible & very affordable for lunch!

OT
Hawaii
4 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Out of Coke, waiter didn’t let me know until I told him he didn’t bring my drink, and then he didn’t take it off bill. Food took a long time to come even though it was lunchtime and very slow.

EC
Hawaii
4 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience3

The food was good for the price, but the quality of food could have been better.

S
Hawaii
9 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience4

This is one of our favorite places to go for dinner. The food is great and generally the service is great. As before, we ordered the All You Can Eat menu - for all three of us. No, not the highest end one, but the middle one. At the very end of the meal, we were informed that they didn’t have one of the dessert items included on the menu. We asked about an exception to get an item off the other menu. “No, my manager said no.”

Sure, it’s a small thing. But with a food and drink bill well in excess of $120, and having dined there many times over, you’d think it wouldn’t be a big deal. Apparently it is. Sure, I am certain that buried in the fine print of the menu are the rules. So let’s give it up for the manager(s) on duty on Sunday, September 22nd at 6:30 pm at the Kapiolani location for protecting the bottom line and saving the restaurant maybe $1-$2 max in food cost for a microwave dessert item! They ask for feedback right after every meal suggesting they care about what customers think. But I can assure you they don’t read your feedback and only use it to tout the good news, unlike other restaurants in town who actually read reviews and care.

Will it stop us from going back? No. The food is great. Does it leave a very sour taste in the mouth of a regular customer? You bet. The good news for diners is this - they have one more dessert that you can buy since they certainly didn’t make any accommodations for us that night...

CA
Hawaii
3 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience3

Restaurant was not that busy but the orders were wrong, some orders never came out, and had to keep chasing my waiter. Never had this experience at Gyu-kaku before. A little surprised.

R
Hawaii
60 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We tried the "Custom" for 2 people. You get to choose 5 items from a list of about 15. There is a mix of meats and vegetables to choose from but you cannot get duplicates of the same item. The value is ok but would be better if you could get multiple orders of the same choice. It also comes with rice, soup, salad, edamame and cheese wontons. The service was quick and friendly. The quality of the meats are good but not great.

SS
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

The waiter I had made the dinner extra special. Very personable, attentive, and caring towards us.

AL
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience3

Was excited to enjoy some AYCE yakiniku.....but it was quite disappointing when they run out of most the good stuff! They give a time limit, and the food is coming out really slow too!! Then to top it off, our grill was only half working....literally!
#disappointed
#not worth the price if you run out lots of stuff
#slow service ever

S
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall2food2service5ambience3

Food is too salty. They didn't have any unseasoned meat. Some of dishes are too fatty.

m
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best meals. Out waiter was attentive, but at times it was slow.

OT
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Great food. Service needs work

KM
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waiter John really made my parents feel comfortable and explained the menu to them. Great service and awesome quality food. We will be back.

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